Skincare Heroes

Confession time. In my 20s, I rarely removed my makeup at night. I just slept in it, and washed my face in the shower the next morning. When removal did happen, it was with a Johnson’s makeup remover wipe, followed by moisturiser, should the mood take me. So yeah, not a skincare routine as such. What can I say?! C’est la vie. If your routine is similar, hey, no judgement here friends. 

At some point I noticed that my face had started to look different. Just sort of less good. I decided it was my foundation, so went on a little makeup mission, discovered tinted moisturiser, problem solved I thought. But then the tinted moisturiser started to look less good also. And I looked at my skin – dull, tight – and had a little lightbulb moment.

Fast forward a few years, and I’ve learnt some stuff about skincare. Sharing is caring! So here are my top tips:

  • Find out your skin type. Discovering that my skin was dehydrated, not dry, was a game changer. If you’re unsure, visit Clarins.
  • Avoid foam. As a general rule, if it’s foaming it has sulfates it in, which aren’t ace for the face.
  • If in doubt, go French. You’re in the wrong aisle in Boots, you need to move up one. Vichy, La Roche-Posay, Nuxe. That aisle. Perfect. Now wait for 3 for 2. 
  • You need a liquid exfoliant, not a physical one. These contains acids which remove dead skin cells. Ditch the scrubs.

Let’s talk skincare heroes! 


You get cleansing lotions, oils, but Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm, £22 for 125ml, is my favourite. The beauty of a balm is that if you rub it into your face, and remove it with a hot flannel, it doesn’t run down your elbows and drip onto your pjs. If I’m wearing heavy eye make up, I do the double – Clinique Take The Day Off Makeup Remover for Lids, Lashes & Lips, £17, then the balm, both excellent.

Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm


Lots of brands make great liquid exfoliants, but don’t call them that, which can make them tricky to spot. Clarins Gentle Exfoliator Brightening Toner, £26, is one, but the First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads, £22 for 60 pads, are my fave – little pre-soaked discs that you swipe over your face, job done. I use them a couple of times a week, more often if I have blemishes.

First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads


La Roche-Posay Redermic R Eyes, £24.50 for 15ml, is light enough that it doesn’t migrate overnight and give you puffy morning eyes, while providing moisture.


I love serum, and my head is easily turned in this department, but the one that I come to back to time again is the Vichy Aqualia Thermal Dynamic Hydration Serum, £22.50 for 30ml. Light and deceptively hydrating, you only need one pump. 

Vichy Aqualia Thermal Dynamic Hydration Serum


In the summer I use a traditional night cream such as Super Facialist by Una Brennan Retinol+ Anti-Ageing Night Cream, £19.99 for 50ml. When the temperature drops and the humidity vanishes, I prefer an oil. Sanctuary Spa Therapist Secret Facial Oil, £17.50 for 30ml, is tried and tested, but I’m a recent convert to the cult Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Multi-Usage Dry Oil, £28 for 100ml. This lovely oil is so light that you can avoid sticking to your pillow, but still wake with a baby soft face. One note of caution on the scent: it strong. I love it, but The Husband describes it as ‘old lady lotion’.

Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Dry Oil

And there we have it, same thing morning and night. Most of the time. I do have the occasional lapse and sleep in my makeup, on account of another French import, le vin rouge, but we can’t be good all the time.

À bientôt,



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